Hero neighbour recognised for bravery in police killing

The family of the neighbour killed in a rural Queensland gunfight that resulted in the deaths of two police officers has accepted a bravery award on his behalf.

Queensland man Alan Dare was murdered alongside the officers during a siege in the state's west last December.

Gunshots and smoke alerted him to trouble at a neighbouring property at Wieambilla and he followed his instinct to help.

In a show of public appreciation, a posthumous bravery medal was presented to Mr Dare's family on Saturday.

The Queensland Police Bravery Medal is generally awarded to officers for their acts of bravery in the face of grave hazards but it is also awarded to civilians who show great courage.

It is the highest-level Queensland Police Service medal a civilian may receive.

The ceremony was held at Chinchilla Botanical Gardens, about 300 kilometres west of Brisbane.

Mr Dare was killed alongside constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow in a premeditated attack carried out by family trio Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train.

The three perpetrators, who were killed after police reinforcements arrived, were inspired by "Christian extremist ideology", Queensland investigators have said.

"Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train acted as an autonomous cell and executed a religiously motivated terrorist attack," Deputy Police Commissioner Tracy Linford told reporters last month.

Mr Dare was given a hero's send-off in December when hundreds of people lined the streets at his funeral in his hometown of Ipswich.